Over The River

Over The River

Over The River ™ ( OTR ) is a proposed work of art by the artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude and OTR Corp (collectively referred to as the "applicant"). The applicant proposes to install approximately 5.9 miles of fabric panels suspended above the Arkansas River in eight select areas along a stretch of river between the towns of Salida and Canon City, Colorado. The installation would require the use of lands administered by the BLM, Colorado State Land Board (SLB), private land, lands cooperatively managed by Colorado State Parks in the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area, and Union Pacific Railroad rights-of-way.

Through the application process, the BLM determined an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) would be required in order to proceed with the proposal due to the project complexity, controversial nature of the proposal, concerns regarding public safety, and the potential for significant impacts. The applicant also made a specific request for an EIS. An EIS is a document required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for federal government agency actions "significantly affecting the quality of the human environment."   

The EIS process addresses the direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts of the proposed project and a reasonable range of alternatives, solicit feedback from the public, and consult with agencies and organizations with jurisdiction in the project area and special expertise with respect to environmental issues.

The BLM is the lead Federal agency with the final authority to determine whether, where, when, and under what terms and conditions, a BLM land use permit would be issued to the project applicant for OTR. Through this process, the BLM intends to avoid, minimize, or mitigate for potential environmental impacts to the extent possible as required by NEPA. 

The BLM released the Final EIS on July 29, 2011 and the Record of Decision was released on November 7, 2011.


Permit Renewal Decision Letter and Permit


News Releases

BLM releases Over The River TM Record of Decision (ROD) for public review (November 8, 2011)- Today the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Royal Gorge Field Office released the Over The River ™ Record of Decision (ROD)....more

BLM releases Over The River TM final environmental impact statement for public review (July 28, 2011)-
Today the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Royal Gorge Field Office released the Over The River ™ Final Enivronmental Impact Statement (FEIS)....more

Op-Ed: Over The River TM — The road to developing an Environmental Impact Statement (April 15, 2011)
— In March 2009, the Bureau of Land Management began the process . . . more

Over The River ­™ draft environmental impact statement available soon for public review and comment (July 9, 2010) — The BLM Royal Gorge Field Office is announcing the availability of the Over The River ™ Draft Environmental Impact Statement on July 16 for public review and comment. A 45-day public comment period . . . more

BLM launches Over The River EIS Web site (August 27, 2009) — The BLM has launched it new Web site for the Over The River TM Environmental Impact Statement . . . more

BLM selects third-party contractor to prepare Environmental Impact Statement for Over The River project (February 18, 2009) — BLM Royal Gorge Field Office has selected EDAW/AECOM as the third-party contractor to prepare the Environmental Impact Statement for Christo and Jeanne-Claude's proposed Over The River project. BLM's selection was based on EDAW/AECOM's superior understanding of this unique . . . more

BLM seeks public comment on lands proposed for "Over the River" art project (November 6, 2008) — The Bureau of Land Management is inviting the public to comment on the proposed use of public lands for the Over The River project. The proposed OTR project would be a . . . more

BLM makes available "Over The River" design proposal (January 31, 2008) — The Royal Gorge Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management has made available the Over The River design proposal at the Christo and Jeanne-Claude Over The River ™ link on the BLM's website:. . . more


Final Environmental Impact Statement

Cover 
Letter to Readers 
Title Page 
Summary 
Table of Contents 
Acronymns 
Chapter 1.0 Introduction 
Chapter 2.0 Alternatives 
Chapter 3.0 Affected Environment 
Chapter 3 OTR Final EIS Maps 
Chapter 4.0 Environmental Consequences 
Chapter 5.0 Mitigation and Monitoring 
Chapter 6.0 Consultation, Coordination, and Document Preparation 
References

Appendices

Appendix A — Permits and Approval Summary for the Over The River Project 
Appendix B — Alternatives Development Technical Support Document 
Appendix C — Visitation Projections for Over The River 
Appendix D — Traffic and Transportation Technical Support Document 
Appendix E — Incident Frequency Study 
Appendix F — Comment Response 
Appendix G —Prospectus: Over The River Bighorn Sheep Mitigation & Assessment 
Appendix H — Programmatic Agreement on Historic Properties 
Appendix I — US Fish & Wildlife Service Consultation



Record of Decision

Over the River Record of Decision (2.28 MB make take a few minutes to download)

Over the River Record of Decision Maps

Over the River Mitigation Measures Fact Sheet


Record of Decision Maps

Key Map
County Line 1
County Line 2
Tunnel Area 3
Tunnel Area 4
Tunnel Area 5
Vallie Bridge Area 6
Vallie Bridge Area 7
Staging U-Turn 8
Staging 9
Staging 10
Staging 11
Texas 12
Texas 13
Texas 14
Maytag 15
Maytag 16
3 Rocks 17
3 Rocks 18
Spike 19
Spike 20
Spike 21
Spike 22
Spike 23
Park 24
Park 25
Park 26
Park 27
Park 28
Park 29
Park 30
Park 31
Park 32


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Final EIS Maps
Note: All maps are PDF documents and sized at 17" x 11"

OTR Final EIS Maps (93 pages)


Over the River Final EIS Zip File, 87.2 MB

(may take longer to download)

OTR Final EIS Zip 87.2 MB


Final EIS Correspondence

Colorado Governor Letter

Department of Natural Resources Letter

United States Congress Letter


Over The River™ Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)

Over The River™ Draft EIS

Volume 1 of 4

Cover
Letter to Readers
Title page
Summary
Acronyms
Table of Contents
Chapter 1.0 Introduction
Chapter 1 Maps
Chapter 2.0 Alternatives
Chapter 2 Maps
Chapter 3.0 Affected Environment

Volume 2 of 4

Cover
Chapter 4.0 Environmental Consequences
Chapter 5.0 Mitigation and Monitoring
Chapter 6.0 Consultation, Coordination, and Document Preparation
References

Volume 3 of 4

Cover
Appendix A - Permits and Approval Summary for the Over The River Project
Appendix B - Alternatives Development Technical Support Document
Appendix C - Visitation Projections Report
Appendix D - Traffic and Transportation Technical Support Document
Appendix E - Incident Frequency Study

Volume 4 of 4

Cover
Chapter 3 Maps


 Draft EIS Maps

Chapter 1

Maps 1-1 through 1-3

Chapter 2

Maps 2-1 through 2-6

Chapter 3

Maps 3-1 through 3-6
Maps 3-7 through 3-12
Maps 3-13 through 3-18
Maps 3-19 through 3-24
Maps 3-25 through 3-28
Maps 3-29 through 3-31
Maps 3-32 through 3-34 
Maps 3-35 through 3-38 
Maps 3-39 through 3-41 
Maps 3-42 through 3-44 
Maps 3-45 through 3-46 
Maps 3-47 through 3-50 
Maps 3-51 through 3-54 
Maps 3-55 through 3-60 
Maps 3-61 through 3-67 
Maps 3-68 through 3-71 
Maps 3-72 through 3-75 
Maps 3-76 through 3-78 
Maps 3-79 through 3-82 
Maps 3-83 through 3-89 
Maps 3-90 through 3-92

 


Public Scoping

DocumentDescriptionDate
Public Scoping CommentsA public scoping period was initiated after Christo and Jeanne-Claude submitted their art project proposal. This is the initial step that begins the public involvement process as directed by NEPAJanuary-July 2006


Federal Register Notices

DocumentDescriptionDate
Notice of AvailabilityFederal Register Notice announcing the availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement and the beginning of the 30-day availability period. July 29, 2011
Notice of AvailabilityFederal Register Notice announcing the availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement and the opening of the 45-day comment period.July 16, 2010
Notice of Realty ActionFederal Register Notice announcing the submission of a written proposal by Christo and Jeanne-Claude for a land use authorization to construct and display their Over The RiverTM project. The Notice provides information on the EIS process, project description, agency and contact information, comment period dates, and key issues.October 31, 2008
Notice of IntentFederal Register Notice announcing the intent to prepare an EIS and conduct public scoping.June 19, 2006


OTR Proposal

The artists, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, and OTR Corporation (collectively referred to as "applicant") submitted their art proposal to the Royal Gorge Field Office in April 2007 in their Over The River TM Design and Planning Report.

After reviewing the report, the BLM requested additional information from the applicant to succinctly detail their three phase design proposal so the BLM could move forward with the federal land use permit application and complete the environmental impact statement. The applicant provided the required information in their Over The River TM Detailed Design Proposal in April 2008.


Christo and Jeanne-Claude Over the River Detailed Design Proposal

Executive Summary of the Proposed Action

Sponsor's (Artists) Statement of Goals, Objectives and Artistic Vision

Event Calendars

Over the River Event Management Plan

 


Christo and Jeanne-Claude Over the River Design and Planning Report

The Christo and Jeanne-Claude Over the River ™ Design and Planning Report that you are about to access was prepared by the applicant's consultants. Over the River ™ is an external proposal before the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The report content, including alternatives and impact analysis, were developed solely by the applicant and do not represent BLM's position, policy or procedures. The information and data presented in this report will be thoroughly evaluated by the contractor selected by BLM to prepare the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

Volume 2 are the documents BLM requested in June of 2006.


Volume 1


Title Page and Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 2. The Artists: Background and Agency References

Chapter 3. The Artists' Vision: OTR Purpose and Need

Chapter 4. Technical And Logistical Aspects of OTR and Alternative Actions

Chapter 5. Affected Environment, Impacts, and Mitigation Issues

Chapter 6. Contributors to Report

Appendix A. Public Scoping Report

Appendix B. OTR EIS Notice of Intent (NOI)

Appendix C. Supplemental Information on the Artists

Appendix D. Resource Maps - Map D1 (1 of 1)


Volume 1


Appendix D. Resource Maps - Map D2 (1 to 13)

Appendix D. Resource Maps - Map D3 (1 to 13)

Appendix D. Resource Maps - Map D4(1 to 15 of 60)

Appendix D. Resource Maps - Map D4(16 to 30 of 60)

Appendix D. Resource Maps - Map D4(31 to 45 of 60)

Appendix D. Resource Maps - Map D4(46 to 60 of 60)

Appendix E. Biological Documents

Appendix F. Public Art Documents

Appendix G. Cultural Resources Maps and Documents

Appendix H. Noise Measurement Report

Appendix I. Supporting Data


Volume 2


Appendix J. OTR Operations Plan J1. Installation, Removal, and Restoration Planning Documents

 

Appendix J. OTR Operations Plan J2. Event Management Planning Documents